Chuck attended Wahlert High School. He graduated from Loras College in 1981 with a degree in political science and mass communication. He received a master’s degree in journalism from Marquette University in 1984.
Chuck owns his own small business, Common Good Services, which offers communications, public relations, training and education, strategic planning and other organizational services.
From 1990 to 2007, Chuck was executive director of the Dubuque Area Labor-Management Council, which included work in labor relations, health care (Tri-State Health C.A.R.E. Coalition and Iowa Health Buyers Alliance), construction (Alliance for Construction Excellence) and education/workforce development (Communities and Schools Together).
From 1986 to 1990, Chuck was a freelance writer and publisher, working on the topics of education, health care, rural development, labor relations and other social and economic issues. He was a member of the National Writers Union, which he rejoined this year after starting his own business (UAW Local 1981). Previous to that, he was a reporter and editor for the Witness newspaper of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Chuck was a research assistant for the Institute for the Catholic Media and an instructor at Marquette University. He has also worked for Interstate Power Company (power plant), the city of Dubuque (park maintenance), the Telegraph Herald (sports department) and the Iowa Oil Company (gas station attendant).
Chuck has been active with the Dubuque County Democratic Central Committee since 1989. In 2006, he served as policy director for the Rick Dickinson for Congress campaign. He has chaired the County Platform Committee (1991 to 1999), the Research Committee (1989 to 1994) and Presidential Forum Planning Committee (2004). He has also been a precinct GOTV captain, precinct caucus chair and county convention delegate.
House District 100 includes Dubuque